OMAHA, Nebraska -- A class of 19 scholars has graduated from the Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute, a professional development program of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health.
The year-long program is designed to build and enhance leadership skills for established and emerging leaders in the region's public health systems. This marks the seventh consecutive year the institute has been held.
The graduates came from public and private organizations that work to improve the health and well-being of people and communities in Nebraska and Iowa. Since 2005, the institute has trained 135 people, who serve the states of Nebraska, Iowa or South Dakota.
The graduates were recognized for their achievement at a luncheon attended by more than 80 regional leaders, family members, alumni and supporters.
Nebraska graduates of the class of 2011-12 include Heidi Wheeler of McCook, Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department.
Following graduation, a new class of 20 scholars was welcomed and attended their first learning session. Leadership scholars in the new class of 2012-13 include Jamey Keen of McCook, Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department.
The Leadership Institute is supported by funds from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Upper Midwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center at the University of Iowa, and the UNMC College of Public Health.
Through world-class research and patient care, UNMC generates breakthroughs that make life better for people throughout Nebraska and beyond. Its education programs train more health professionals than any other institution in the state. Learn more at unmc.edu.
What this year's graduates said about the institute:
"The institute enhances and improves leadership skills. Making time for introspection is not always a priority, so having that time built in throughout the year is hugely beneficial. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience, and would highly recommend it to anyone."
Sara Morgan, manager of the Indoor Air Quality Program, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Environmental Health Hazards and Indoor Air
"I recommend the experience to other public health professionals. By participating, each scholar gets a golden ticket to take a step out of their daily grind and begin to understand themselves as leaders within the big picture of what they are being called to do in various public health arenas. That view is often limited for budding professionals and is so important."
Sarah Brandon Sjolie, Alegent Creighton Health Systems
"The institute provided me an invaluable experience. I built relationships with professionals in similar fields who I wouldn't have the opportunity to work with otherwise. I took away more knowledge about myself and the way that I share leadership, along with a network of friends and colleagues who will continue to support me throughout my professional career."
Sara Howard, OneWorld Omaha